Voices of Autism (VOA) - Our Favorite Topics

Voices of Autism
This collection of videos is about autism and popular interests. It showcases some of the common and diverse interests that people with autism have, such as life with pets and community gaming. It also explains how these interests can benefit people with autism in terms of learning, coping, and expressing themselves. The videos aim to celebrate, educate, and support viewers.

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Lucas Gates shares his expertise in online community gaming, the benefits and social opportunities of game play and how to access the gaming world even if you don’t a console, cell phone or computer.



Pets help with schedules, staying active and they can offer emotional support. What’s not to love? This is part 1 of a 2-part series. The hosts share stories about their pets and the realities they have had from finding a vet to building relationships.



This is Part 2 of a 2-part series on life with pets. This episode focuses on silly pet behaviour, aging pets and choosing the right pet for you.



On this episode of The Pulse, a conversation between Parker and Indigo Hynds about autism in the spider-verse. The pair discuss the personal traits of many spider-man characters, versions and the history of Spider-man’s development. So, is Spider-man autistic?



In this episode of The Pulse, listeners are invited to immerse themselves in the world of Yippee, the autism creature. The unique being's imaginative tale unfolds, embodying acceptance, understanding, and the magical spirit within the autism community. Whether you're deeply connected to autism advocacy, have a fondness for captivating stories, or simply love a touch of magic in your day, this episode is crafted just for you. Join The Pulse in celebrating Yippee's captivating adventures and discovering the joyous heartbeat within the autism community.



For many, the joy of visiting a theme park is an experience like no other, and today, The Pulse hosts are turning their focus to those enchanting places that prioritize inclusivity for all. Accessible theme parks contribute to a more inclusive and diverse society, providing equal opportunities for everyone to enjoy recreational activities and creating a positive impact on both individuals and businesses. So, whether you're a theme park enthusiast, a family looking for inclusive adventures, or simply curious about the efforts being made in the realm of accessibility, this episode is tailor-made for you.



On this episode of The Pulse, SF and Parker explore three groundbreaking scientific discoveries that are reshaping perspectives on the past, present, and future. Firstly, ancient DNA analysis has uncovered the presence of Down syndrome in past human societies. Following this, the podcast delves into the reasons behind our impatience. Finally, the episode confronts the age-old question of the worst possible action, offering an unexpected insight.



In this episode of The Pulse, SF initiates a discussion with Dr. Fakhri Shafai exploring the realm of autism research. Delving into topics such as the history of autism research, shifts in DSM definitions, and existing research gaps, Dr. Shafai uncovers the evolving landscape of understanding. From exploring various types of research being conducted to dissecting key challenges, this marks the beginning of an insightful series. Join us as we navigate through the complexities of autism research in part one of this illuminating journey.



In this episode of The Pulse, Dr. Shafai delves into the emerging focus on research concerning women and older adults within the realm of autism. Shedding light on the historical predominance of studies centered around autistic male children, she explores the significance of expanding research to encompass a broader demographic. Dr. Shafai also examines the catalysts driving these shifts, including growing interest and increased funding. Join us for part two of this compelling series as we unravel the evolving landscape of autism research.



In this episode of The Pulse, SF and Dr. Shafai conclude their conversation by exploring avenues for autistic individuals to engage in research beyond traditional participant roles. Dr. Shafai emphasizes the significance of the emergence of autistic researchers and the pivotal role they play in shaping and conducting research studies. From involvement in study design to active participation in research endeavours, Dr. Shafai highlights the importance of amplifying autistic voices within the research community.


In this episode of The Pulse, we embark on a captivating journey into the dynamic world of fashion, delving deep into its multifaceted tapestry. As we navigate through this vibrant realm, we take a closer look at how fashion intertwines with sensory needs and personal preferences, illuminating the diverse ways individuals interact with style. We shine a spotlight on the innovative work of neurodivergent designers, whose creative vision adds a unique perspective to the industry.



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